Surging Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Paulo Costa punched his way into the top 15 of the official rankings (see them here) by squashing Johny Hendricks at the UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in New York.
Aside from his technical knockout victory, the mixed martial arts (MMA) community was also talking about his muscular torso, which drew criticism — and accusations of steroid abuse — from fellow contender Derek Brunson after the Brazilian called him out.
"I fight clean,” Costa told MMA Fighting. "It’s crazy because USADA is here for everybody. Everybody is tested. Derek Brunson talks a lot of shit about me but he (won’t fight) because he has fear, he’s scared. He don’t want to fight against me, so he creates excuses. ‘Ah, you don’t fight clean,’ but I have my tests with USADA. I called UFC Brazil to send me all my tests and put on my social media. I have more than 15 tests."
Costa (11-0) has finished 10 of his 11 wins by way of devastating knockout, which includes a perfect 3-0 run inside the Octagon. Prior to shutting down “Bigg Rigg,” the Brazilian planished Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan.
Brunson (18-5), meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back knockout wins of his own, starching Dan Kelly at UFC Fight Night 110 in New Zealand and then Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil.
Costa vs. Brunson ... who ya’ got?